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Dr. Zalmai Rassoul, Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Addresses General Assembly, 68th session, 2013

Address by His Excellency Zalmai Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan at the general debate of the 68th Session of the General Assembly… Continue reading

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Turkey’s Leadership Ambitions in NATO Weakened by Petty Politics

NATO’s May 20-21 heads-of-state summit in Chicago reminded everyone how Turkey is making important contributions to NATO in many key areas… Continue reading

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Can Afghanistan Be Rescued?

U.S. president Barack Obama entered office with a bold plan to combat Afghanistan’s escalating insurgency… Continue reading

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Obama: Please Apologize for Burning American Credibility

It should be obvious by now that President Barack Obama and his administration don’t know some basic things about the conduct of international relations… Continue reading

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Debate in the Mainstream Arabic-Speaking Universe: Only One Flavor Available

Westerners tend to believe that the debate in the Arabic-speaking universe is sort of like debate in the West… Continue reading

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Rethinking U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

As U.S. military operations in Afghanistan drag on inconclusively, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the Taliban insurgency is gaining ground… Continue reading

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Obama’s State of the Union Speech: My Response Discovers Some Curious Insights and Strange Formulations

In his State of the Union message, President Barack Obama began by wrapping himself in the flag, patriotism, and love of the armed forces while trying to highlight his foreign policy achievements… Continue reading

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More than Half of Afghans See Western Alliance as Occupiers

More than 50 percent of Afghans see the Western Alliance (ISAF / NATO) as occupying forces… Continue reading

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FM Zalmai Rassoul Addresses the General Debate of the 66th Session of the General Assembly

We Afghans are proud to have partnered, over the past ten years, with the world’s struggle against terrorism… Continue reading

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Profile of Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s Heir as Leader of Al-Qaeda

On June 16 Al-Qaeda announced that after a period of consultations, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri had been appointed as Osama bin Laden’s heir… Continue reading

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The Obama Administration’s “Mission Accomplished” Fallacy in the War on Terrorism

Leon Panetta, leaving the CIA directorship post to become secretary of defense, and General David Petraeus, leaving the job of commander… Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Deal With the Taliban The Basis for U.S. Withdrawal?

Ahmad Rashid is widely considered to be the best journalist on Afghan and related Pakistani issues… Continue reading

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What Obama Didn’t-And What We Should-Learn From The War In Afghanistan

I am in favor of a U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, but I was fascinated with how President Barack Obama handled the issue… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Cables Portray Hamid Karzai as Weak and Corrupt

Diplomats describe Afghan president as weak, indecisive, paranoid and beholden to criminals to maintain power… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Iran Undermining U.S. Efforts in Afghanistan and Training Taliban Militants

Iran is financing a range of Afghan religious and political leaders, grooming Afghan religious scholars, training Taliban militants and… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Afghan and U.S. Contempt for British Military

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Helmand governor and US commander criticise UK failure to impose security and engage with Afghans… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Afghan Government Corruption and Money Smuggling

Ambassador in Kabul reports pervasive ‘wealth extraction’ by establishment and apparent powerlessness of US to stop it… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Afghan Government Asks U.S. to Quash ‘Dancing Boys’ Scandal

A scandal involving foreign contractors employed to train Afghan policemen who took drugs and paid for young… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Peace Negotiations Only Option for Afghanistan?

The remarkably moderate private views of a group of former Taliban regime officials are revealed in detail by the US embassy cables… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Karzai Family Panic after Afghan Presidential Elections

Dispatches show anxiety of Hamid Karzai’s family and supporters, and US doubts about president’s volatility… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Germany Protests U.S. Military Docking Millions from Afghan Army Fund

The US military has been charging its allies a 15% handling fee on hundreds of millions of dollars being raised internationally to… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Afghanistan’s Insurgents will Readily Fill any Vacuums of Governance

There are sobering lessons to be drawn from the Alasay Valley in Southern Kapisa, where the strategic dynamics have shifted back in favor of the insurgency… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: No Power-Sharing with the Taliban, Holbrooke pledges

In a January 18 meeting with Richard Holbrooke, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao described the Indian effort in Afghanistan as focused on… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Deradicalisation Programme Would ‘Undercut the Taliban’

President Karzai told Holbrooke January 16 [2010] that he wants to announce a reintegration policy before… Continue reading

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WikiLeaks: Karzai Talks About Progress and Elections in Afghanistan

In a positive and free-ranging discussion, President Karzai and visiting CODEL McCain agreed that more should be done to tell Afghans and Americans about… Continue reading

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